A team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the DC local government to build the first Passive House in D.C., Empowerhouse. Today’s highest energy standard, a Passive House consumes 90 percent less energy than a typical home, making Empowerhouse a new model for affordable housing. The house, which first debuted at the Solar Decathlon, has been moved to Deanwood and is now being expanded to accommodate two families. It is expected to be completed this fall.
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